Hale Irwin was born June 3rd 1945 in Joplin, Missouri.
Irwin’s first US Open win occurred in 1974. He was 29. He dreamt 3 weeks prior to the tournament that he won. This win was on the Winged Foot Course in Mamaroneck, New York. This was seen by other players as an extremely difficult course and the '74 Open become known as “The Massacre at Winged Foot”.
Irwin’s second title was the 1979 US Open at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Inverness was considered another difficult course with narrow fairways and heavy rough. Irwin won with a final round 75, finishing the 4 rounds on even par, 284.
In 1990 Irwin’s final Major win was, again, the US Open. At the time Irwin was the oldest winner at 45 years and 15 days. Irwin defeated Mike Donald in what was the first sudden death playoff for the tournament.
US Open: 1974, 1979 and 1990
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